Here is a list of some of the most famous people from Kansas. You may be surprised by some of the celebrities that hail from the Sunflower State!
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Dorothy Gale is a fictional character created by American author L. Frank Baum. She is the protagonist of Baum’s most famous work, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, published in 1900. Dorothy also appears in sequels, numerous works by other authors, and numerous adaptations in other media.
Earp was born in Monmouth, Illinois, the first child of Nicholas Porter Earp and his second wife, Virginia Ann Cooksey. He was named after his father’s commanding officer in the Mexican-American War, Captain Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp. His father had served in the Union Army during the American Civil War and had run a livery stable.
One of the most controversial figures in Kansas history, William Quantrill was a Confederate guerrilla leader during the Civil War. His Raiders were responsible for the massacre of nearly 200 unarmed civilians in Lawrence, Kansas in 1863. Although he was later killed in action, his brutal legacy has forever tarnished his home state.
Amelia Earhart was an American aviator who set many flying records and helped advance the role of women in aviation. She disappeared in 1937 while attempting to circumnavigate the globe by air.
Jim Ryun was the first high school athlete to run a mile in under four minutes. He went on to compete in the Olympics, setting a world record in the mile run in 1966. Today, he is a Republican politician representing Kansas’ 2nd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives.